Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 37+?

There are a number of viable options for the Fantasy Premier League captaincy in Gameweek 37+.

Favourable fixtures for Manchester United, Manchester City, Wolves, Burnley and, according to some, Liverpool, have widened the spread of those considered for the armband by the Fantasy community.

As ever, the Captain Sensible article is here to help you sift through all the different candidates using each player’s underlying statistics from their last four matches compared against the defences they are about to face.

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Captain Poll

Manchester United options top the captain poll for Gameweek 37+ with Bruno Fernandes (£9.1m) and Anthony Martial (£8.5m) the two most popular for the armband.

They both face West Ham on Wednesday evening, each asset on a reliable run of form.

The Portuguese international has now hit 105 points across his first 12 Manchester United matches, averaging 8.8 points per outing; good enough to convince 20.9% of our voters to deem him the best captain for the penultimate Gameweek of the season.

FPL lessons learned as Martial and Rashford outscore Fernandes

Meanwhile, Martial has delivered a double-figure haul in every home appearance since the Premier League returned, registering five goals and three assists in just three matches at Old Trafford. Therefore, the Frenchman is not far behind Fernandes for armband support, 17.7% voting for him ahead of Gameweek 37+.

Danny Ings‘ (£7.6m) impressive scoring run was extended against Brighton, his total of five goals more than any other forward since the Premier League restart. During that period, Bournemouth have been breached 15 times, the second-worst in the division. That combination of statistics is clearly enough for 6.9% of our voters to go with the differential tactic of sticking the armband on Ings.

The same number of managers have declared their support for Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) as he prepares to face Watford at Vicarage Road. Manchester City options are somewhat problematic in Gameweek 37+ as the next deadline occurs several hours before they play Arsenal in the FA Cup, and roughly three days before their actual Premier League fixture.

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Following a complete rest against Bournemouth, De Bruyne feels the most likely to start at Watford but he could always get injured in the Cup. Either way, the awkward schedule has put paid to much captaincy consideration for Pep Guardiola’s men, the Belgian midfielder the only one of only two Citizens to be selected by more the 2% in this poll.

Completing the top five in the latest vote, Nick Pope (£5.1m) makes a rare appearance in the conversation for the goalkeeper’s union. The 5.7% support for Burnley’s shot-stopper does make a lot sense considering his team’s defensive record this season. He has 14 clean sheets to his name, the joint-highest of any goalkeeper in 2019/20 while Norwich have scored just once since the Premier League restart. 

Raheem Sterling‘s (£11.9m) one-point cameo against Bournemouth will be enough to put some Fantasy managers off, but some are prepared to take the risk on Manchester City’s number seven. Provided he can come through the FA Cup semi-final unscathed, the rest last time out does stand Sterling in good stead of starting at Watford, where he could extend his Project Restart record of six goals and three assists. It is that explosive capability which has convinced 5% of voters to go with the premium midfielder.

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Chris Wood (£6.1m) has been a much-discussed option in the Fantasy community this week as he prepares to face Norwich, the team that has conceded the most since the Premier League returned (16 goals). 4.5% of our voters believe Wood will be the one to make the most of that, as he enjoys his best-ever Premier League season in terms of goals scored (12) and FPL points (120).

There is a similar level of support for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) as Arsenal prepare to travel to Aston Villa. Dean Smith’s men have made improvements at the back of late but with the Premier League season winding to a close, they may have to come out of their shell in the final two matches, which could leave room for Arsenal’s Golden Boot chasing striker to exploit.

Perhaps the most striking result of this latest captain poll is the lack of backing for Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), chosen as the best captain by just 4.1%. Yes, the Egyptian has blanked in each of his last two outings, but most would agree he was unlucky to do so on both occasions. With Salah ramping up his shot output in recent games, and Chelsea’s defence conceding an average of 1.8 goals per away match this season, there already appears to be opportunity for big gains offering itself to anyone willing to captain Salah.

Raúl Jiménez (£8.1m) has a favourable fixture in Gameweek 37+ as well, as Wolves host a Crystal Palace side that feels either on the beach, on its last legs, or both. The Eagles have conceded 15 times since the Premier League restart, only Norwich performing worse in that department (16), and they are now short of Patrick van Aanholt (£5.6m), Gary Cahill (£4.4m) and James Tomkins (£5.0m) at the back.

Despite a double-figure haul against that Palace defence on Thursday night, which had been coming for a while, Marcus Rashford (£8.9m) has not received the same attention for the Gameweek 37+ captaincy than Fernandes and Martial, chosen by just 3.6% of our voters. But he is just as reliable as his midfield counterparts at Old Trafford, although less explosive thus far, averaging 7.3 points per game there since the Premier League returned.

Harry Kane (£10.9m), Son Heung-min (£9.6m), Gabriel Jesus (£9.8m) and Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) are the only other assets considered by more than 1% in the captain poll.

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1,634 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Oooo Matron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Is it madness to captain Wood over KDB and Fernandes?

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      No

    2. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      No especially if chasing

    3. Under The Kosc-ielney
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Not a bad punt!

    4. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      No, but wait for early team news to see if he's benched.

  2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Play Dilva or Nketiah?

    1. Gramps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Dilva for sure

    2. Under The Kosc-ielney
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      David Silva definitely

    3. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Dilva. Grandstand finish for him (you'd think, but Pep)

  3. ALegendJ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    I can't believe I am asking this question, but hey, FPL does that.

    Any news about Jiminez's partner giving birth?

    1. Bojaninho
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      link?

      1. FourLokoLeipzig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        They’re asking for news so a link wouldn’t be much use here

    2. Arfaish
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      No none as of yet

  4. BrutalLogiC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Final transfer of the season (FH in 38)

    Any suggestions other than Chris Wood?

    1.8 ITB

    TAA / Saiss / Doherty
    Fernandes / Martial / Salah / D.Silva
    GW / Ings / Jim

    Benchwarmers: Puli, Alonso

  5. Under The Kosc-ielney
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    TAA + Pulisic out to Egan + Sterling (-4) ??

    1. Dont choose VW. Pickford
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Not sure about taking a hit for Sterling this week, hes a start risk with the cup over the weekend imo

    2. Arfaish
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      High risk as ever taking TAA out, can score anywhere

  6. BNMC
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    I think I have talked myself into Doherty C...

    1. tuvok
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Good punt! Reasoning?

  7. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Bottomed! Sorry for the repost! Good morning everyone!

    1 FT 1.1 ITB

    DDG (Nyland)
    TAA Stevens Saiss (Egan Lascelles)
    Salah Sterling Bruno Pulisic Antonio
    Jesus Greenwood (Nketiah)

    Which option is better?

    A. DDG & Pulisic to Pope & Martial (C)
    B. DDG & Nketiah to Martinez & Wood(C). Bench Antonio.
    C. Save FT

    -If I do A, I'll have to sell one of Martial/Bruno to get Dilva in GW38

    -If I do B, I'll have to bench Greenwood in GW38

    Please help. Thanks in advance!

    1. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I think your side is solid as is mate, and not worth losing either one of Martial/Bruno. Save the FT

    2. jason_ni
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      For a hit, I'd prob do neither personally.

      Care to check my bottom on last page.

      Basically foster to pope for free.

    3. Under The Kosc-ielney
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A if you're trying to stay on top....but B if you're chasing ur mini lagues

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Cheers everyone

  8. jason_ni
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    bench
    A) Foden
    B) Greenwood

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I have woody on the bench I just know he is going to rip it up this week?

    4. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I'm benching Foden, playing Puli over him. Doesn't start many away games.

  9. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    No Burnley a worry?

    Would you make any changes to this team??

    Martial or Sterling C?

    Ederson
    Digne, Stevens, Boly,
    Salah, Kdb, Fernandes, Sterling, C Martial,
    Ings, Vardy

    Button, Greenwood, Lamptey. Taylor

    .3

    1FT

    1. FantasyMug
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Looks a solid team, wouldn't worry about no Burnley. If you're trying to catch ML rivals/trying to gain rank, I'd go Sterling as he has the higher ceiling (but higher risk). If you're relatively happy with your rank, Martial is the safe bet

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Had Sterling C past two weeks, jumped up 20K the week before dropped back 8k after his benching!

      2. jason_ni
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Agree with above, if you want to risk rank gain, sterling is the capt.
        Otherwise martial.

        I have sterling and rashers and going with rashford(slight better differential than martial i reckon) sitting at 80k, so want to risk it.

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Would go Sterling just don’t trust Pep!

  10. WannabeScout
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Work with this squad or FH this week?
    0.1 itb 1FT

    Pope Martin
    TAA lascelles ward Bednarek Azpi
    KDB Salah bruno pulisic Dendoncker
    Greenwood jesus ings

    1. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Downgrade Azpi to Burnley defender?

    2. FantasyMug
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Think it looks fine for this week, probably a bigger upside to using FH in 38

  11. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on Salah(c) Martial(vc)
    40 points off from top10k

    Pope (Button)
    Boly Digne Tark (Holgate Kiko)
    Salah Kdb Bruno Martial Dilva
    Jesus Rashford (Nketiah)

    1. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Roughly same rank as you going Salah captain too

    2. FantasyMug
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Looks good, only worry is three city players after the FA cup game - one of them might not play. Do you have a FT/Money in the bank to upgrade one of the bench options?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Unfortunately not, as i used 2 to switch AWB/Willian to Martial/Tark
        Dilva paid off last week, but Holgate got injured so didn't have the bench cover for kdb
        Figure Nketiah will feature in the league to cover any benching

  12. Arfaish
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Really struggling with whether to use my FH now or GW38, the team:

    DDG, (£3.9m)
    TAA, Doherty, Aurier, (Holgate, Lascelles)
    Pulisic, Foden, KDB, Bruno, (£4.2m)
    Jesus, Jimi, Rashford

    None playing bench due to injuries a nightmare and three city worrying me on rotation. FH or not?

    1. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Hmm, tricky. Aurier is likely to miss this one, right? And he had a tough fixture anyway, so it may be worth taking a hit to get in Tarkowski and save your free hit for next week (unless your team looks well set for that final round of fixtures already)

  13. HD7
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Who scores more in last 2 games?
    Vardy or
    Auba(-4)

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Party on

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Auba. Leicester are blowing. Vardy doing all he can, but not got the players around him (namely Maddison and Periera)

  14. Bojaninho
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    free hit this week?

    1. Klopp For The Kopps 😆
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Depends on your current team

    2. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Depends on your current team but if you've got no TC then you're probably best saving it for GW38

  15. Klopp For The Kopps 😆
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    A) Aurier to Tierney/Tark
    B) Vardy to Jesus
    Kiko is my replacement incase Aurier doesn't play, but I really want to get an attacker with my last FT of the season.

  16. Teror
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Captain and VC?

    A. Martial

    B. Bruno

    C. Rashford

    D. Sterling

    1. Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Rashford or Martial

    2. DF
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A
      B

    3. Under The Kosc-ielney
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Martial c
      Sterling vc

  17. Mr_Barbs
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Have 3 United and 3 city (Rash, Bruno, Greenwood, KDB, Sterling, Foden)

    A) Greenwood > Wood
    B) KDB > D.Silva
    C) Greenwood + KDB > Wood + Martial (-4)

  18. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    What to do with this lot? Will FH 38.

    Pat
    AWB TAA Doherty
    Martial Bruno KDB Dilva
    Jimmy Vardy Ings

    Bench: Pulisic Fernandez Kiko
    0.7m ITB

    A) Vardy > Wood
    B) TAA > Tarkowski
    C) Other. What?
    D) Hold

  19. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    KDB to DSilva?

    Or Foden to DSilva for -4?

  20. Óró Sé…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Captaincy this week is a bugger, I’ve narrowed it down to- Rashford, Ings or Aubameyang... or KDB or Bruno or Martial..but I might go for Mahrez or Doherty

  21. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Is Vardy > Auba worth a -4? (FH GW38)

  22. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Giroud -> Wood for a hit?

  23. Oooo Matron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Fernandes to Martial as captain for a - 4 is daft isn't it?

    1. Under The Kosc-ielney
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Fernandes has a chance of producing big hauls too, but Martial's Home record is fantastic... so it's not daft

  24. Freund88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Play two:

    Bardsley
    Van Diijk
    Foden
    Vardy

    1. Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Vardy and Bardsley

    2. Under The Kosc-ielney
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      vardy + bardsley

  25. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Never considered FH this week but actually there are some very nice fixtures. Hmm

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Triple Wolves defence. Triple UTD attack. Wood and double Burnely defence.

      That should do it?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Was thinking Auba and Ings too

  26. AC Yew
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Do we think Dilva will play this week. Worth taking a hit this week to get him in or wait a week

  27. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    For gw 37 only : tarkowski or Ritchie ? Thanks and gl

    1. Under The Kosc-ielney
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      tarkowski

  28. Yozzer
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    How is Vardy Puli --》 Sterling Wood -4 looking ?

    Was planning on bringing Sterling in next week anyway so it would give me a fresh transfer next week

  29. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Pick one
    Egan
    Saiss
    Long/pieters/bardsley
    Other defender upto 4.7

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Long/pieters/bardsley

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      This week, Saiss.

  30. SomeoneKnows
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Pope (Martinez)
    TAA, Saiss, Pieters (Lascelles*, Holgate*)
    KDB, Salah, Fernandes, Martial, Pulisic
    Vardy, Rashford (Connolly)

    A) Roll Transfer
    B) Pulisic > David Silva
    C) Vardy > Jesus
    D) Lascelles > Lamptey

    1. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B